Serviceberry

Posted by shane - January 13, 2017 - Uncategorized - No Comments

Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’

Amelanchier ‘Robin Hill’

A young serviceberry in a mixed planting in my front yard. S. LePage photo.

I really like serviceberry, because it’s basically just a single-stem, saskatoon tree.  Unfortunately, I don’t think it is 100% right for our region, even though it technically is hardy and gets through the winter.  It basically just sits there all season, flowers well, leafs out, barely grows (maybe 1″ in last two years in good soil), sets berries, goes into fall colour, and survives another winter.  The canopy remains sparse.

Despite its lack of vigour, I still think serviceberry has a role to play in small gardens, for the same reason, that it stays small and you won’t have to worry about it taking over the area you first planted it.  Just don’t expect it to grow into the 20′ tall by 16′ wide tree that is advertised at the garden centre.  I think I’ll be lucky to see this tree reach 8′ in Red Deer.  Fellow arborists in Calgary have told me this tree doesn’t work there.  I’d give it a shot in Edmonton.  If you can make it work, it’s a pretty tree.

Exposure

Full sun

Pruning Time

Dormancy is best, and there won’t be much to prune as it doesn’t put on much growth.  It also doesn’t seem to die-back either.

Pruning

Train as a central-leader standard.  Remove dead or diseased wood as needed. Subordinate co-dominant leaders.

Crown Reduction

Not suitable.

(c) 2017 Shane LePage, Wild Rose Garden & Tree Service Inc., Red Deer, AB